Jim Cybulski

Jim is the co-inventor of Foldscope, and has spent the last 5 years developing and field testing Foldscopes all over the world as a PhD student in PrakashLab at Stanford. As President and CEO of Foldscope Instruments, he leads our efforts to provide access to scientific tools across the globe.


Manu Prakash

Manu is the co-inventor of Foldscope and co-founder of Foldscope Instruments. He is an Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at Stanford University and runs a curiosity-driven lab, where Foldscope was first invented and developed/deployed during phase 1 of the project.  Manu has led the design of the Foldscope and is its most prolific beta tester.




Max is the Director of Community Engagement at Foldscope Instruments. He has a BA in Molecular Biology and English and has worked as research technician (at UCSF) and as a science communicator.


Honomi ijima


Honomi is the Facilitator for Community Engagement at Foldscope Instruments. She has a BS in Environmental Science and is a certified microscopist. She has spent the last 5 years studying creeks in Oakland, CA from the perspectives of geochemistry and sustainable city planning. Honomi grew up in Japan learning origami from her mother and grandmother. 


Christine Kurihara

Christine assists Foldscope Instruments with administration, operations, and accounting. She has decades of experience in IT and web development.